Xander Schauffele at Sentry: 'I should've won the tournament'

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Xander Schauffele at Sentry: 'I should've won the tournament'

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Xander Schauffele at Sentry: 'I should've won the tournament'

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A clearly disappointed Xander Schauffele, minutes after being eliminated on the first playoff hole at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, said: “I should’ve won the tournament” during a post-round interview on Golf Channel.

He took a one-shot lead into the final round but ended up in a three-way playoff with Patrick Reed and Justin Thomas.

Schauffele, the tournament’s defending champion, three-putted the 18th hole in regulation and then three-putted it again on the first playoff hole.

“I was happy with the way I played in regulation,” he said later in the media center. “I should have won the tournament. I know it. Everyone knows it. I mean, J.T. was right there, but under the circumstances I should have closed it off, and I didn’t. I kind of did everything I was supposed to do until the last moment, which sucks. But this is another learning experience, and I guess I’ll have to work on some wind putting.”

Schauffele has four PGA Tour wins, and they all were in come-from-behind fashion, including the 2019 Sentry, where he shot a final-round 62 to storm from five shots back to claim the title.

Justin Thomas, who went on to win on the third playoff hole, also felt like he was supposed to come out on top, saying: “For some reason, I was supposed to win this week.”

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“I think that’s pretty plain and simple. I’m good enough to hang with the best, and I just need to be a little bit smarter when the time is right and able to close it out,” Schauffele said. “I think I’m plenty good. I don’t see why I shouldn’t keep playing great golf. This sucks. Maybe I need just a kick in the ass to sort of wake up and do the right things most of the time. Yeah, this kind of burns a little bit, but overall happy with how I handled myself.”

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